Attributions toward violence of male juvenile delinquents: A concurrent mixed-methodological analysis

Christine E. Daley, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie

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The authors investigated male juvenile delinquents' causal attributions about others' behavior and the salient pieces of information that the male juveniles used in arriving at their attributions. Participants were 82 male juvenile offenders whom the authors drew randomly from the population of juveniles who were incarcerated at a correctional facility. A concurrent mixed-methodological analysis revealed that the juvenile offenders committed attributional errors about violence nearly 53% of the time. Race and number of prior arrests predicted the number of attributional errors about violence. A phenomenological analysis revealed the following 7 themes stemming from juveniles' reasons for causal attributions: self-control, violation of rights, provocation, irresponsibility, poor judgment, fate, and conflict resolution. Some of these themes were related to age, ethnicity, and number of prior arrests. The authors discussed implications of all findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-570
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Attribution errors
  • Juvenile delinquents
  • Mixed methods
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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